Thanks to the recent clock change, SAD is well and truly setting in and the constant darkness is wreaking havoc with my blog photo-taking. I apologise in advance for any hideous images but there isn’t much that I can do that doesn’t involve actually being organised with my life.
L’Oreal True Match Foundation, W8 Golden Cappuccino £9.99
I first bought this a few years ago when I knew nothing about foundation. The colour was wrong, the tone was wrong and my face looked unspeakably wrong. However, all this talk about it being the cheap little sister of Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk (which I’ve never tried so can’t confirm) got me a bit hot under the collar so I repurchased it recently in my actual colour. I’m going to be honest – it’s the only drugstore foundation I’ve been reaching for this month. It’s quite a runny little bugger so it blends in quickly and evenly and it gives me nice coverage. I’ve had two whole compliments wearing this – it’s glowy, smooth and doesn’t emphasise my dryness. And bravo, L’Oreal for the wide shade AND tone selection and pump!
Tangle Teezer Compact Styler, £12.49
Not a new favourite as such but I’ve been appreciating teezing my tangles with this little one since getting my weave put in. Weave is notoriously prone to forming rats’ tails but this brush sorts it out in no time. It’s also the only brush that doesn’t cause me severe amounts of pain. I have no idea how they do it and I don’t care – I refuse to be without it. This compact version comes with a handy cover so withstands the manhandling it receives in my handbag.
Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade Dark Brown, £15.00
A heads-up for anyone in London: THERE IS AN ACTUAL SHOP THAT SELLS ANASTASIA PRODUCTS. Blow Ltd in Slingsby Place has a decent selection (as well as other elusive brands). I’d been umm-ing and ahh-ing about this for approximately 137 years as I didn’t know which colour would suit me best. I went for Dark Brown (along with the Anastasia Mini Duo Brush) and have literally worn it every single day. It’s surprisingly easy to use (my naughty brow has now become my good brow thanks to this) and doesn’t budge. The formula is smooth without being slippery so you get a decent amount of control – ESSENTIAL if you want Pinterest perfect brows.
Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Cologne, £82
I got this last Christmas and definitely feel like it’s a colder-weather fragrance so I’ve been cracking it out over the past week or two. It’s fruity but quite crisp and a bit woody too. I’d say it’s feminine and elegant without being too girly or sweet. I love this but the scent wears off quicker than it takes Katie ‘Pricey’ Price to find a new husband. Being my only Jo Malone perfume, I can’t compare the staying power with other fragrances in the range but I’ve heard on the grapevine that Blackberry & Bay is the main offender.
Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil, £10.99
This is another old purchase that I’ve developed a new love for. I usually use this as the first step in a double cleanse to get rid of all my makeup, especially if I’m wearing a lot of eye makeup. You can really massage this into your lashes and it doesn’t cause the colossal pain that makes you want to scoop out your eyeballs with a teaspoon like most cleansers do. I use this with a flannel to give my skin a good scrub and it leaves my skin bright and smooth without the greasiness you might expect from oil.